mini punkin hand held pies with vanilla glaze

let's first start off with i can't believe it's taken me 46 years make these.. they were so amazing.. so good.. so easy.. so yummy.. my glaze didn't really work out appearance wise.. :( but it still tasted out of this world.. i sat in the back yard sipping a cup of hot tea** and nibbled on these early saturday morning.. with pete standing their tapping his foot.. let's go.. let's go.. you see pete has become quite the yard seller!! we never buy anything ha ha but we sure go look a lot!!

on a completely unrelated note i have a funny story to share.. friday was my 27th wedding anniversary.. yep you read that right i have been married for 27 years!! sheesh i don't feel old enough to be married that long.. but anywho.. over the course of 27 years pete has given me a pretty eclectic variety of presents.  now i have gotten your typical diamond jewelery, gold jewelry, etc.. but he likes to be different.. unique if you will.. so i have received many fishing poles, a compound bow, a 4 wheeler and about 4 years ago he bought me a cvc honda 50 dirt/street bike.. looks like a crotch rocket but it's a dirt bike.. they only made them for a year.. i've never ridden it.. it's never run.. it's never been turned on friday he says.. 

pete: ohh i found someone who wants the honda..
me: ohh really?  who?
pete: a guy from work.. i traded him the bike for a 357 magnum.. *sly little grin*
me: so what your saying is my anniversary gift this year is a 357 magnum?
pete: yes.. *laughing* just think you'll have another story to tell..
me: *eyeroll*

hmmm.. i do tell anyone who will listen about pete's gift giving... like a guy at one of the yard sales.. there was a gun cleaning kit for sale and i picked it up and handed it to pete and said happy anniversary.. and the guy standing in front of me laughed.. so i of course told him about the 357 magnum and he looks at pete and says "it takes a pretty confident man to buy his wife a gun like that, good luck with that.." and walked away laughing!!

for our anniversary dinner i cooked lamb chops/steaks in my iron skillet with butter and garlic.. and served them with twice baked potatoes and asparagus.. it was really good.. the first time i ever had lamb chops/steaks was at louie's basque corner in reno.. i was instantly hooked and for special occasional we love to have lamb..

the next morning i was in a pumpkin mood.. it must have been the crisp air.. the over all feeling that fall is here and the fact that halloween is a mere 4 days away.. i love halloween.. and i love anything pumpkin.. which is why i was surprised i had never made these before.. but pinterest is being inundated with pumpkin recipes and one that is making it's rounds are pumpkin pop tarts.. this is my version of that recipe.. (i always say punkin, not pumpkin, because growing up my dad called me punkin nose.. and then when shell was little i called her shellbellpunkinpie..)

mini punkin hand pies with vanilla glaze

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 20-30 minutes
servings: 16 tarts


1 box of pre made pie crust (or make your own i am not ready for that yet ha ha)

filling: (i made extra to use in my punkin bread pudding, recipe soon)

3/4 cup canned pureed pumpkin (like libby's but not the pumpkin pie filling)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar

vanilla glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. clear vanilla extract
2 tblsp. milk (i put to much milk in that's why mine is so clear and bubbly)

preheat oven to 350 degrees (f)... then in a small bowl mix everything for the filling and set aside.. then roll out pre made dough and using a round biscuit cutter cut out 6 circles, i then balled up my scraps and rolled out 2 more from the one pie crust.. i used the box which has 2 pie crusts so i was able to get 16 total from the 2.. in the center of each circle spoon a little of the filling and fold up like a taco and pinch the ends together.. place them, as your done, on a lined baking sheet (i used parchment paper).. with the tines of a fork or sharp knife poke holes in each mini pie.. cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes.. your looking for them to be slightly golden.. shell thought they could have cooked a bit more she would have like them "crispy".. remove from oven when done and this is also where i messed up i didn't let them cool long enough, i only let them cool about 10 minutes before putting on the glaze and i probably should have let them cool longer but pete and his foot tapping prevented that.. so you might want to let them cool a bit longer than i did.. i dipped them in my glaze but you can drizzle on or spread on.. what ever you prefer..

enjoy and get cook'n!!!

** ohh who am i kidding i was not sipping on a cup of tea i was drinking a slurpee.. you see they are my weakness.. i don't drink coffee or soda but a slurpee oh my.. but it didn't really go well in the photo.. soooooooo the tea is a prop.. i made it for the picture only.. so now you know my secret.. ha :)


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